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FRANCE: Cheynet to axe jobs at main production plant
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:00 GMT


Lingerie elastic producer, Groupe Cheynet, is poised to make significant jobs cuts at its main production plant in Saint-Just-Malmont, near St Etienne.
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US: Innovation and versatility drives swimwear growth
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT


Swimwear sales in the US grew 6% in the last 12 months thanks to the launch of more innovative products offering health benefits and enhanced comfort, new figures reveal.
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EU: Economic deal with West Africa to bring duty-free access
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:00 GMT


Sixteen West African states are to sign a trade deal with the European Union in a move that opens up full duty-free access for more countries.
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US: Robert Graham signs underwear licensing deal
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 GMT


High-end casual wear brand Robert Graham is to enter the underwear and loungewear categories through a licensing deal with Majestic International.
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GERMANY: Aurelius Group snaps up Scholl footwear
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:37:00 GMT


Pan-European investor Aurelius Group has acquired the Scholl footwear division of Reckitt Benckiser.
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US: Back-to-school spending set for increase
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:04:00 GMT


Families in the US will spend slightly more on back-to-school items this year, including apparel and footwear, according to a new survey.
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US: Ascena hunts new CFO as Montgomery departs
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT


Ascena Retail Group has embarked on a search for a new CFO after current incumbent Dirk Montgomery announced his departure later this summer.
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US: Kellwood appoints Babins for supply chain role
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:56:00 GMT


US clothing giant Kellwood Company has appointed industry veteran Marc Babins as president of its western region, with responsibility for the group's global supply chain.
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TAIWAN: Daphne International reveals slump in Q2 sales
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:12:00 GMT


Footwear retailer Daphne International Holdings has booked a slump in second-quarter sales as a result of store closures and poor weather conditions.
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VIETNAM: Vinatex and Petrovietnam mull polyester fibre supply
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:00 GMT


The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has met with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) to discuss cooperation in the production and supply of polyester fibres to the textile industry.
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GERMANY: Weatherproof jackets release harmful chemicals
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:00 GMT


The waterproofed layer in weatherproof jackets releases harmful chemicals into the environment, according to tests conducted in Germany.
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US: Crocs shifts strategy as Q2 profit slumps
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:54:00 GMT


Footwear business Crocs has unveiled a strategic plan aimed at bringing long-term growth to the company after second quarter profits slumped by 34%.
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EUROPE: West Africa to sign economic deal with EU
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:00 GMT


Sixteen West African states are to sign a trade deal with the European Union in a move welcomed by European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht.
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IN THE MONEY: VF Corp bullish for second-half growth
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:17:00 GMT


After booking a double-digit increase in second-quarter profit, driven by revenue growth at its outdoor and action sport apparel segment, it's no surprise apparel giant VF Corporation is confident in its second-half outlook.
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MYANMAR SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry in brief
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:13:00 GMT


Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Laos, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, and India.
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ISRAEL: Bagir Group issues second profit warning
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:56:00 GMT


Bagir Group has issued its second profit warning since the suit maker floated on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in April.
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US: Gap to expand into Slovenia and Austria
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:08:00 GMT


Gap Inc has revealed plans to launch in Slovenia and Austria as the apparel giant continues with its ongoing global expansion plans.
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VIETNAM: Vinatex and Petrovietnam cooperate on fibre supply
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:00 GMT


The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has met with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) to discuss cooperation in the production and supply of polyester fibres to the textile industry.
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US: Express CEO replacement Kornberg a "solid choice"
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:55:00 GMT


David Kornberg, the replacement CEO of Express Inc for retiring Michael Weiss, is a "solid choice", analyst have said.
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BRAZIL: PLM to provide visibility for Kaue Plus Size
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:29:00 GMT


Brazilian fashion brand Kaue Plus Size has deployed WFX's integrated product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to enable more visibility across its business.
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just-style's research roundup
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:50:00 GMT


The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, product developments and innovations in textile and apparel, and the smart wearable technology market.
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UK: High street hit as shopper numbers decline
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:20:00 GMT


High street retailers bore the brunt of lower shopper numbers in June, with footfall shrinking further than the previous month.
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US: Port contract negotiations pause again
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:11:00 GMT


Talks concerning a new labour contract for US West Coast dockworkers have been paused for the second time this month.
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HONG KONG: Crystal Group strives to improve worker communication
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:00 GMT


Garment maker Crystal Group has rolled out a new system to improve internal communication with its workers on areas ranging from company news to updates on sustainability and suggestions for factory improvement.
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CANADA: Loblaw appoints Grauso as Joe Fresh president
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:54:00 GMT


Canadian retail group Loblaw Companies has promoted Mario Grauso to the position of president of its Joe Fresh division.
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INDIA: Reliance Retail returns to profit in Q1
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:40:00 GMT


Reliance Retail, the retail arm of industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries, returned to profit during its firs quarter, helped by higher sales and margin improvement.
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US: VF Corp books "solid" Q2 performance
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:35:00 GMT


VF Corp delivered what has been described as a "solid performance" during a "challenging" second-quarter, helped by double-digit revenue growth at four of its major brands.
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ANALYSIS: Clothing seen as central focus for new Tesco CEO
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:01:00 GMT


Clothing remains one of Tesco's more exportable offers and is likely to remain a central focus for the retail behemoth when incoming CEO Dave Lewis takes the reigns, an analyst has suggested.
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HONG KONG: Crystal Group tool to improve worker communication
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:00 GMT


Garment maker Crystal Group has rolled out a new system to improve internal communication with its workers on areas ranging from company news to updates on sustainability and suggestions for factory improvement.
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UK: F&F inks manufacturing contract with AMA Group
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:38:00 GMT


Signs that the 'Made in the UK' movement is gaining traction were boosted today (18 July) with the news that Tesco's F&F brand has inked a deal with Durham clothing manufacturer the AMA Group.
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UK: Documentary investigates aftermath of Rana Plaza
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:17:00 GMT


Over a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, a BBC Two documentary aims to investigate the story of "the worst industrial disaster of the 21st-century".
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SOUTH AFRICA: Union settles wool & mohair wage dispute
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:34:00 GMT


The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) says it has settled a wage dispute in the wool and mohair textiles sub-sector.
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UK: Tesco shares climb as CEO Clarke announces departure
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:17:00 GMT


Tesco's share price climbed this morning (21 July) on news the retail giant's CEO Philip Clarke is to step down, making way for Unilever executive Dave Lewis.
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UK: Tesco shares climb as Clarke announces departure
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:17:00 GMT


Tesco's share price climbed this morning (21 July) on news the retail giant's CEO Philip Clarke is to step down, making way for Unilever executive Dave Lewis.
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UK: F&F inks AMA Group manufacturing contract
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:38:00 GMT


Signs that the 'Made in the UK' movement is gaining traction were boosted today (18 July) with the news that Tesco's F&F brand has inked a deal with Durham clothing manufacturer the AMA Group.
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FRANCE: Bosideng tackles efficiency with cutting tool
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:14:00 GMT


China's largest down apparel company, Bosideng is implementing cutting room technology from Lectra to help improve the efficiency of its operations.
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US: FOB Direct invests in PLM technology
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:05:00 GMT


Chinese fabric and garment maker FOB Direct has chosen to invest in cloud-based product lifestyle management (PLM) technology to align its business operations.
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NEW ZEALAND: Postie Plus sold to South African group Pepkor
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:47:00 GMT


Troubled New Zealand clothing retailer Postie Plus has been sold to Roan Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African investment company Pepkor.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:40:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include an aggressive recovery plan unveiled by Mothercare's new boss, why Nicaragua apparel makers fear a bleak future from TPP, and Brandix takes new steps to encourage innovation in the country's textile and apparel industry.
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MACEDONIA: Weibo speeds up investment plans
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:57:00 GMT


Apparel producer Weibo Group is setting up what it believes will be Europe's largest integrated textile and ready-to-wear industrial zone in the northeast region of Macedonia.
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BANGLADESH: Union calls for more action from government
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:39:00 GMT


IndustriAll has reiterated its call for more action from the Bangladeshi Government to create a safe and sustainable garment industry.
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AUSTRIA: Wolford FY earnings and sales slide
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:04:00 GMT


Austrian hosiery brand Wolford has booked a decline in sales and earnings in its last fiscal as it strives to turn the company's fortunes around.
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MACEDONIA: Weibo intensifies investment preparations
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:57:00 GMT


Global sourcing giant Weibo Group is intensifying preparations to set up Europe's largest integrated textile and ready-to-wear industrial zone in the northeast region of Macedonia.
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MYANMAR: ILO backs project to improve work practices
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:12:00 GMT


A project is to get underway in Myanmar/Burma to develop the capacity of the country's employers' organisations and foster better working practices and solving disputes with workers.
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EUROPE: FTA initiative to drive supply chain sustainability
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:06:00 GMT


A new service has been launched with the aim of helping retailers and importers to improve the environmental performance of their global supply chains.
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INDIA: Minister applauds textile benefits in budget
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:20:00 GMT


India's Textiles Minister has welcomed the country's union budget as "forward looking" and recognising the core strengths of its textile sector.
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Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:04:00 GMT


Indian apparel exporters have demanded a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government while welcoming foreign buyers at the 53rd India International Garment Fair, held in New Delhi this week.
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US: Hampshire and Levi Strauss in global sourcing deal
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:52:00 GMT


Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has signed a global sourcing deal with jeans giant Levi Strauss.
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ANALYSIS: Mothercare pursues "aggressive" plan of recovery
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:30:00 GMT


Mothercare officially welcomed boss Mark Newton-Jones into the fold today (17 July) as the retail group revealed its UK performance is beginning to stabilise.
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US: Apparel retailer Love Culture files for bankruptcy
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:44:00 GMT


US fashion apparel retailer Love Culture has filed for bankruptcy in a move that will allow the company to close unprofitable stores, and improve operations in more profitable areas, including e-commerce.
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EUROPE: FTA launches BEPI sustainability service
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:06:00 GMT


The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched a new service aimed at helping retailers and importers to improve the environmental performance of supplying factories and farms.
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AUSTRALIA: David Jones takeover gains final approval
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:48:00 GMT


The takeover of department store operator David Jones by South African retail group Woolworths Holdings has been given the go-ahead by the Federal Court of Australia.
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UK: Apparel pushes up June factory gate prices
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:49:00 GMT


The output price index for goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices - was up only 0.2% in June, thanks mainly to rising apparel prices.
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UK: City hails Sports Direct's strong FY performance
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT


Sports Direct's near 20% rise in full-year profit has been hailed as a strong performance by one analyst, who expects earnings growth to continue.
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RWANDA: Deal paves way for new garment sector
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:55:00 GMT


A new agreement between the Rwandan government and China's C&H Garments will create a new garment manufacturing sector for the country.
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EUROPE: MEPs call for more TTIP transparency
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:56:00 GMT


More transparency is needed during talks on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US, MEPs say.
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US: Hampshire and Levi sign global sourcing deal
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:52:00 GMT


Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has signed a global sourcing deal with jeans giant Levi Strauss.
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UK: Hobbs taps John Lewis' Lustman as CEO
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:12:00 GMT


British women's wear retailer Hobbs has tapped John Lewis' Meg Lustman as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Nicky Dulieu earlier this year.
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ITALY: ITMA highlights need to invest in technology
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:16:00 GMT


Space at this year's ITMA exhibition has almost sold out highlighting the need for manufacturers to invest in better technology to raise productivity and improve quality.
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BELGIUM: Commission launches green paper on GI protection
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:42:00 GMT


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products including shoes and textiles.
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UK: Ted Baker "no plans" to stop using wool
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:07:00 GMT


UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.
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UK: Mothercare outlines modernisation plan as sales stabilise
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:28:00 GMT


Mothercare has outlined a modernising plan for it domestic business as the mother, baby and children's goods retailer revealed its UK performance is starting to stabilise.
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FRANCE: Odlo integrates 3D into product development
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:13:00 GMT


Swiss sportswear company Odlo is implementing Lectra's Modaris 3D product development solution to enhance the fit, style and quality of its garments.
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ANALYSIS: Wolverine evolves to exceed new consumer demands
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT


Wolverine Worldwide has said it is paramount the US clothing and footwear company evolves to meet and exceed the demands of the new consumer, after it revealed plans to close 140 stores as part of a strategic realignment.
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SPAIN: Inditex to speed up supply chain with RFID
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:07:00 GMT


Spanish retail giant Inditex is to implement radio frequency garment identification (RFID) technology into all of its stores in a bid speed up its supply chain processes.
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SWITZERLAND: Archroma releases ZDHC compliant chemical list
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:38:00 GMT


Chemical specialist Archroma has released the first list of ZDHC MRSL-compliant chemicals for use in the production of textiles and apparel.
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GERMANY: Bayer unveils "game-changing" PU coating solution
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:58:00 GMT


Polymer producer Bayer MaterialScience has unveiled its Insiqin PU coating solution, which it claims will usher in a "new generation" of coated fabrics for the apparel and footwear industry.
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CHINA: Invista settles "industrial espionage" suit
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:07:00 GMT


Invista has settled a lawsuit in China related to the alleged theft and infringement by a local engineer of trade secrets related to its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) technology.
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CANADA: Organisations call for antibacterial agents ban
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:48:00 GMT


Two chemicals commonly used as antibacterial agents in a wide range of consumer products, including clothing, should be banned, according to environmental organisations in Canada.
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US: Cotton prices set for five-year low
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:16:00 GMT


Cotton prices are set to hit a five-year low in the US as ending stock levels climb to their highest level since 2008/9, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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US: June clothing retail sales gain momentum
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:39:00 GMT


Signs that US consumers are becoming confident with spending are being reinforced by an increase in retail sales - which includes gains at clothing stores.
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US: Wolverine to close stores in strategic realignment
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:31:00 GMT


US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has revealed plans to close around 140 stores as part of a strategic realignment plan designed to improve its bottom line.
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AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands boss Pollaers steps down
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:37:00 GMT


Pacific Brands CEO and managing director John Pollaers has stepped down amid differences over the strategic direction of the clothing and footwear business.
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US: Pact launches first Fair Trade US apparel line
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:40:00 GMT


Ethical and organic clothes manufacturer Pact Apparel has launched what it claims is one of the largest organic cotton Fair Trade certified lines by a US clothing brand.
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NAMIBIA: Nakara Tannery strike dispute resolved
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:13:00 GMT


A dispute over wages and transport, involving around 120 workers at the Nakara Tannery in Windhoek, has been settled.
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